Mark your calendar. The vote for final passage of the Senate health care reform plan is now set for Christmas Eve morning.
Republicans aren't happy with the timetable.
Sen. Tom Corburn, who is also a physician, said tonight on CNN the reason we've seen these "crazy votes" is because Democrats want the bill passed before Christmas for political reasons, to say they got it done - "not because it's in the best long-term interest in doing the best right thing for America."
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Tonight, we're tracking how lobbyists are playing a big part in the battle for health care reform.
According to the non- partisan Center for Responsive Politics, there are more than 3,000 lobbyists working on the health care issue versus 535 members of Congress.
The CRC reports over the past two years, lobbyists have spent $635 million shaping health care policy. That works out to be $870,000 a day.
Tonight, we'll show you which organizations are spending the most dollars lobbying Congress.
We'll also break down what the Senate version would cost you and your family.
There's also the surprising holiday twist to the debate. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Illinois) decided to take the drama to a new level by reciting his own version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' on the Senate floor. We'll play you the tape. We also have a GOP version for you with a little help from our floor crew. You'll want to stay up to see the wild mix of raw politics and holiday cheer.
We're also tracking new developments in the custody battle over a 9-year-old New Jersey boy. Just hours ago, Brazil's chief justice ruled that Sean Goldman should be reunited with his father. The boy was taken by his mother to Brazil five years ago. She remarried and died last year in childbirth. Tonight, in a 360° exclusive interview, you'll hear from Sean's grandfather in the U.S. Hear why he's still worried about the fate of Sean.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!
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